Thursday, January 31, 2008

The "day" is only 7 hours away!

As I type this, I can't believe that Noah's due date is a mere 7 hours away. I can't believe that after 40 weeks of wondering when this day would get here, it is!

Tyra heads back to the doctor in the morning for her weekly check-up, but we both think that Noah will be content to arrive sometime AFTER tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm trying not to get too anxious, which is tough since they've been saying "any day now" for weeks. I'm now thinking that Noah will show Daddy who's boss by arriving during one of the following events:

Feb. 2 during the Tennessee vs. Mississippi State basketball game
Feb. 3 during the Super Bowl
Feb. 5 during the Tennessee vs. Florida basketball game

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Curtains Rock!

We bought new curtains for our bedroom last weekend. Before, we just had some white valance type swag curtain that came with the house, along with the wooden blinds. Needless to say it didn't keep much light out, and I thought it would help Tyra to take daytime cat-naps during maternity leave if our room was darker. So, we went the "beyond" section of Bed, Bath, and Beyond and bought some nice brown curtains with the black-out liner. MUY BIEN!!! I'm still puzzled as to why it took us so long to make the leap of updating our curtains, because now, it's pitch black in our room, or close-enough anyway.

Speaking of Bed, Bath, and Beyond, does anyone wonder why they (and their fierce rival Linen's and Things) keep printing out all these 20% off coupons and sending them out in newspapers and mass mailings EVERY OTHER DAY? You'd think they'd just save the printing/advertising costs and just let everyone have 20% off one item of their purchase. Everytime we go into one of those stores, we're carrying a portfolio of 35-40 coupons that vary in size between a post-it note and a dinner menu "just in case" we see something we like/want/need/don't need/will never use. Inevitably, 99% of the time, we buy nothing, and the stack of coupons goes back in the coupon drawer when we get home...and that stack doubles in number (at least) by the next time we trek to the store. So, my point is, do we, the consumer, really need to hold on and treasure these 20% off coupons? Can't they just do us all a favor and just give us the dang discount at the register, sans coupon!?

I'm not even going to get into the internal dilemma we go through in the check-out line on whether or not it's more beneficial to use the "20% Off" coupon or the "Take $5 off one purchase" coupon.

And now for your PinPoint Weather Report:
It snowed today in Knoxville...nice, big flakes...and even started sticking to the ground, but it's cleared up now and back to being just bloody COLD!

Oh, and one more thing:
The Pack 'N Play and I made up. No hard feelings. It's now set-up downstairs and ready to be packed and/or played (napped) in. This time, it only took me about 5 minutes to set up.

Amazing Love

I came across this bible verse this afternoon, and was reminded again, of how deep the Father's love is for us. And how amazing it is that even before Noah has taken his first breath on this earth, his Heavenly Father has already carved our son's lifelong path. I wonder with awe: who he will become and what he we be? But no matter what, there will never be a time when God has not already gone ahead and made the path clear for Noah, and all of us. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." - Psalm 139: 14,16

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

And down the stretch we come...

We've been packed and ready to go anytime now, but as of today, we're only 9 days away from Noah's due date. Who knows when he'll arrive, but we're ready to go. Thank goodness Tyra didn't go into labor yesterday morning! The roads in Knoxville were extremely icy!

We'll keep the blog updated, so stay tuned.

On a side note, after a several of our friends have had baby girls in the past year, it now looks as if the fellas are making a comeback, as we now have 4 couple friends who are expecting baby boys in the coming months. Congrats to the Leas, Munozs, McGowans, and Joneses.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Top 5 Things Noah's excited about

With his eviction from Tyra's belly coming within a matter of 20 or so days, Noah wanted me to let everyone know what he's most excited about doing when he gets here...

#5)Watching my first Super Bowl on February 3

#4)Peeing on Mom and Dad during diaper changes...that'll show 'em!

#3)The exciting new season of LOST

#2)Tennessee Basketball and the Vols' run to the Final Four

#1)In my best Homer Simpson voice: Mmmmm.....breastfeeding!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A Happy New Year

After a fun, relaxing, and productive Christmas and New Year, we find ourselves in 2008 and awaiting Noah's arrival. We had a great time with family in Hendersonville for 5 nights during Christmas. Tyra started to experience several Braxton-Hicks contractions while we were away, and it was neat to hear her explain what it felt like. These "practice" contractions make it all the more REAL that the big day is coming so soon!

We came back to Knoxville on Dec. 27 and have been getting a lot done. We have visited two pediatrician's offices who have been (very) highly reccomended. We loved them both, and they're both very close to our house, which is good. On Dec. 28, Tyra had her 35 week doctor appointment/ultrasound. Noah and Tyra are doing great. He is head-down, which is great, and we loved being able to see him again on the monitor. The ultrasound tech. estimated that right now (or on Dec. 28), he weighs 6.3 lbs, give or take a pound. So, he's going to be nice and chubby! And, in the ultrasound, he had a hairful or hair that you could clearly see floating around. I'm so proud of Tyra and how great she's done in this pregnancy. She's never (OK...very RARELY) complained or been cranky and has really enjoyed the whole thing.
Last night, we finished hanging some picture frames in Noah's room and have begun getting some essentials ready to take to the hospital. Hopefully we'll have our bag packed soon.
Happy New Year to everyone!